Month: Apr 2020

  • Review: The Midnight Gospel

    Adventure Time animator Pendleton Ward and comedian/podcaster Duncan Trussell have collaborated to create a genuinely very odd eight episode series for Netflix. I’m not familiar with Duncan Trussell’s work but the premise of the show is simply taking some episodes of his conversational podcast and translating them into the vivid illogic of the Adventure Time […]

  • Missing Moments from Movie History

    From the classic Disney film That Darn Cat.

  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (Hugo 2020 Finalist)

    Middlegame (my previous review) was not a portal fantasy but it was a story partly in dialogue with the genre through it’s book-within-a-book, references to The Wizard of Oz and some its similarities to Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series. I should have planned my reading a bit better and picked a story with a greater […]

  • Susan’s Salon: 2020 April 26/27

    An open thread for people to just chat. Posted every Monday (Sydney time). It’s OK to be negative or sad and it’s OK to try and find cheery news or distractions in the comments for this open thread. However, no cranky conflicts between each other in the comments. Links, videos, cat pictures etc are fine. […]

  • Sunday Beer: Dump the Trump

    Behemoth Brewery in New Zealand have made some nice beers and they also have some neat labels. This is actually their second anti-Trump themed beer. They previously had an Im-peach-ment Sour Ale which I haven’t tried (and it doesn’t sound like my cup of tea).

  • Train to Busan and the Comfort of Disaster

    Korean zombies on a train? #BlogChallengeProject takes a train to Busan.

  • Larry Correia bullshits about anti-infection measures

    To be fair to the ÜberPuppy (and I do try to be fair) he’s largely avoided some of the worst nonsense of his erstwhile colleagues. Some of his posts on the topic of covid-19 have even verged on the sensible. He’s not the one we can expect quack cures or the more outlandish conspiracy theories […]

  • Review: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (Hugo 2020 Finalist)

    This novel is both like and utterly unlike McGuire’s Wayward Children series. If you’ve read those connected novellas, you will see the DNA of them in Middlegame. There’s that same interest in the long term fate of children caught up in sinister magical plots, the same love and faith in the power of children’s stories […]

  • Hugo 2020 Shorts: Conclusion

    I’ve read and reviewed all of the 2020 Hugo Short Story finalists and it is quite a bundle of talent but also a bit of a nightmare to rank them. Here they are unranked to begin with: “And Now His Lordship Is Laughing”, Shiv Ramdas (Strange Horizons September 9 2019) <- Nebula finalist, which I […]

  • Worlds Enough and Tim

    Worlds Enough and Tim

    [Scene: The drawing room of Felapton Towers – Reality ℥℔Ωℨ 2017, during the unfortunate Weasel Flu Pandemic of that year during the presidency of ¡Jeb! Bush and the Prime Ministership of the Right Honourable Cilla Black] [Camestros (sleeping)] zzzzz[Timothy the Talking Cat] Wake up! Wake up! Time for the daily Zoom meeting![Camestros] Whaaa…huh…oh, it’s you. […]